This is a course that every

runner looking to do a 10k will enjoy, a true classic!

Cindy C.

Portsmouth, NH

WELCOME TO THE NEW CASTLE 10K

DISTANCE

  • 6.2 Miles

WHEN

  • Saturday, September 11th 2021

  • Race start time at 9:30am

    • Wheelchair start at 9:25am​

    • Yoga start at 8:45am - 9:15am (mat not included)

  • Race end time at 11:30am​

    • Archway and vendors will stay until 11:30am​

  • In 2022 - we will return to our normal April race date

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IMPORTANT LINKS

Race director contact: nick@newcastlenh10k.com

Want to volunteer? click here...​

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SPONSORS

START/FINISH LOCATION

REGISTRATION FEES

  • $30 - 1/1/2021 - 2/28/2021

  • $35 - 3/1/2021 - 6/30/2021

  • $40 - 7/1/2021 - 9/5/2021​​

  • NO ONLINE REGISTRATION ON 9/6 - 9/10

  • $40 - in person registration on Friday , 9/10 at bib pickup at Runners Alley in downtown Portsmouth, and on Saturday, 9/11 race day at the event (if the race is sold out online, we'll have a very small amount of bibs available - so get there early)

  • In person registration - cash, check, or Venmo only (no cards)

  • This race is limited to 650 runners - please don't wait to register. 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN REGISTRATION

  • Custom Dan Blakeslee poster print (see below for more details)*

  • 1 Stainless Steel Pint Glass with logo/date and sponsor logo printed on it*

  • I'm working on a free or discounted beverage of sorts but don't have confirmation yet. TBD...

  • Free 30-minute yoga in the park near the start, prior to race start led by TBD

  • Snacks will be provided post-race

  • BACK OF BIB SPECIALS

    • TBD

 

* Dan Blakeslee print and stainless pint glass available for all online registered runners and limited quantities will be available for day prior and day of registrations on a first come / first serve basis.

DAN BLAKESLEE CUSTOM PRINT

  • The 2020 print was AHHHHMAZING and keeping with the effort to change things up a bit, Dan Blakeslee has been commissioned yet again to create a custom black and white print for the New Castle 10K and I'm giving you an 11" x 17" poster print of this masterpiece for free - JUST FOR SIGNING UP! The hope is to commission Dan each year to make a different print for the race - to collect year after year.

  • Please note the details below:

    • The print will not be available to view until closer to race day but I'll post it on FB and IG when it is available. You can't rush creativity, so we're expecting a sneak peek sometime in August, 2021.
    • If you do not pick up your bib and poster print, we are unable to ship it to you. 

    • Prints are ONLY AVAILABLE to registered runners - not available for sale within the store or at the event.

    • There will be options in the checkout process to have your print custom framed by Live Free Print & Frame.

  • If you don't know who Dan is, he's an EXTREMELY talented artist who's claim to fame includes the Heady Topper beer logo, and the Newport Folk Festival 2019 print. Check out some of his work by clicking here...

  • Click here to see the 2020 print

VENDORS

  • This list will grow because being a vendor ONLY COSTS $50! If you're interested, please email nick@newcastlenh10k.com

    • Philbricks Sports

    • TBD

    • TBD

    • TBD

GOODIES

  • THIS SWEATSHIRT IS AHHHHHMAZZZZING!

  • Goodies are available for purchase within the checkout process - they ARE NOT included with your race registration

  • Gray & blue fitted crew style sweatshirt = $22

    • Click here for image and sizing chart for 2021
    • I LOVE this sweatshirt! We switched from the hoodie option in 2020 and while the hoodie will most likely make a comback in future years, the crew sweatshirt is unreal! So, welcome crew!

    • Last day to purchase this apparel item is 7/25/2021 (there will be a limited amount for sale at registration; random sizing )​

  • 2018, 2019, and 2020 goodies for sale during online registration and random items available at day of registration; cash, check, or Venmo only (no cards)

  • Want to purchase goodies but don't want to register for the race? Click here. You will still need to pick up your items at bib pickup or at the event; no shipping available.

BIB PICKUP (and other items)

  • Friday, September 10th at Runner's Alley in downtown Portsmouth - from 3pm - 6pm.

  • Saturday, September 11th near the race start line, from 7:30am - 9:15am

  • PLEASE NOTE you can have someone else pick up your bib but they must also be running in the race and picking up their bib and items. The reason for this is so that we can track who is picking up your items, due to the items we're giving away. Sorry for any inconvenience. This is not negotiable so please do not ask if we can make an exception. Parking at the event is very close to the start line, so you will have time to drop your items in your car before you start.

  • There will be a table setup to pick up items from the 2020 virtual race. This is the final pickup option for 2020 gear.

CHARITIES for 2021

In an effort to support as many different organizations throughout the Seacoast, the benefactors for the 2021 New Castle 10K will be the following:

PRIZES

  • 1st place male/female

  • 2nd place male/female

    • $75 gift certificate to Runner's Alley​

    • $75 gift certificate to Philbricks Sports

  • 3rd place male/female

    • $50 gift certificate to Runner's Alley​

    • $50 gift certificate to Philbricks Sports

  • Age group winners male/female

    • $10 gift certificate to Runner's Alley​

    • $10 gift certificate to Philbricks Sports

           *age groups: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+

           *No awards ceremony, please visit Nick at the timing trailer to pick up your winnings.

COURSE RECORD PRIZE - NEW 2021

  • If a runner beats the course record, they should be rewarded! So...

  • $500 awarded to the fastest male runner who beats the course record (if multiple males beat the course record - $500 is awarded to the fastest male runner)

  • $500 awarded to the fastest female runner who beats the course record (if multiple females beat the course record - $500 is awarded to the fastest female runner)

  • Course record listed below or just click here...

*Minimum of 400 race registrations required to enable/activate this prize

$500

RACE ROUTE

  • Turn left out of Great Island Common, turn right onto Sagamore Ave (towards bridge and hill), turn right at light onto South St. (cemetery), turn right onto New Castle Ave, turn right to continue on New Castle Ave, turn left into Great Island Common. This route is all right hand turns and we ask that you stay on the right side of the road throughout the entire race - you can't get lost! Click here for a map of the route...

WATER STOPS

  • Mile 1.5 - Martin's Point Healthcare

  • Mile 3 - Friends of Lafayette House

  • Mile 4.5 - TBD

  • Water will be provided at each stop (in compostable cups) - Gatorade was barely consumed in 2019 so we are going to avoid the waste and offer water only - PLENTY of water!

AFTER THE RACE & NUTRITION/FUEL

  • Vendors have been asked to stay at the event until 11:30am (please visit them prior to start to insure you have time)

  • Water will be available as a self-serve option after the finish line, until 11:30am (in compostable cups - if you don't throw your cup away at the event, please try to dispose of it into a compostable bin)

  • Snacks will be available after the finish line, as a self-serve option until 11:30am

  • Don't forget to fuel your body. If you need tips, click here...

Friendly race

ABOUT THE RACE

  • The locals will tell you that the "New Castle Loop" is almost a right of passage to being a local and running on the Seacoast. Highlights of this race include running over 4 bridges, and the stunning views, including the Portsmouth Shipyard, the shuttered naval prison, the Piscataqua River, lobster boats, sailboats, the lighthouse, and the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Marina. With all of the friendly faces, this race is sure to be one of your favorites.

    This race is LIMITED TO 650 RUNNERS, so reserve your spot now!

LITTLE TO NO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

  • We're working our hardest to keep this event as environmentally friendly as possible. With that said, some of our steps towards a zero impacting event include:

    • This is a NO PLASTIC BOTTLE event! Instead of providing plastic bottles for everyone as they cross the finish line, we will be providing finishers with a compostable cup to fill with water and then dispose of into a compostable trash bag.​

    • Water stops will be providing water to runners in compostable cups, and then disposing of into a compostable trash bag.

    • This is a carry-in, carry-out event! We only have 1 trash barrel at the event with the goal to NOT fill it; we barely filled it in 2018 and 2019. Plus, in 2020 we didn't add anything to it (but we were virtual, ha)!

PARKING

  • There is parking at the event, however, while we didn't have any problems fitting everyone in previous years, it's important to know there are a limited amount of spaces. Don't stress about it - we'll make it work, but we need to work together. Please review the tips below to help avoid any problems.

  • Tips to ensure there will be parking for everyone:

    • Please follow the guidance of the amazing volunteers when entering the Great Island Common

    • Carpool​ if you can (most runners carpooled in previous years - THANK YOU)

    • Ride your bike if you're local

    • Spend the night on the lawn

    • Swim in from the Isle of Shoals

    • NO parking on the road outside of the Great Island Common or in the library parking lot (please, we don't want to possibly impact the residents or guests; but just in case - there will be signs)

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Facebook Page - "like" our page to stay in the know

  • Facebook Event - let us know you're attending the event

  • Instagram - hashtag your photos at #newcastlenh10k

  • YouTube - click here to watch the video from above on youtube.com

DELICIOUS FACTS FROM THE PREVIOUS YEARS

  • Male course record (age 26): 33:52

  • Female course record: (age 31): 40:29

  • Youngest participant to race: 8

  • Oldest participant to race: 68

  • Amount donated to date, to local charities: $14,950

    • Previous Recipients:​

      • Cocheco Valley Humane Society (2018)​

      • NH SPCA Koda Fund (2019)

      • New Castle Safe Path Trust (2019, 2020)

      • Seacoast Repertory Theater (2020)

      • The Chase Home (2020)

      • Adopt a Stray Rescue (2020)

      • Kingston Children's Center (2020)

  • 2020 race was virtual due to Covid-19 so no race results posted but charitable info above includes 2020

  • Click here for the 2019 race results

  • Click here for 2018 race results